According to The Athletic, Arsenal youngster Brooke Norton-Cuffy is set to be offered a new deal as the club look to ward off suitors who’ve been impressed by his loan spell at Lincoln City.
The 18-year-old, who signed pro terms in January 2021, has become a mainstay at right-back under manager Michael Appleton and is seen as a candidate to provide back-up to Takehiro Tomiyasu in the long term.
As things stand, Cedric Soares is filling that role but it’s possible the 30-year-old, who is out of contract in 2024, could look for regular football elsewhere this summer.
While Hector Bellerin’s loan spell at Real Betis ends in July, he too is expected to leave the club on a permanent basis.
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While Norton-Cuffy has taken to senior football seamlessly at Sincil Bank, he’s currently licking his wounds following a harsh red card at AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.
The Imps have since confirmed they are appealing the decision – made after the player shoved an opponent off the ball – and hope he won’t be missing for three games.
Confirmation of a new Arsenal contract is unlikely to come before he returns to the club in the summer. His chance to stake a claim to a first team place will come in the summer.